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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

You know--I think that post by headdead or whatever was ultimately a good post. The dude set us straight, and for that I am thankful (I won't write grateful because that would betray my nerdishness).

Uh-oh.

First, it pointed out that we are a bunch of misfits. Anyone second that emotion? Damn right!!! Isn't that how Garcia used to describe the band??? You bet!

Second, we are mired in a cartoonish world where everyone spouts off dates and song names and has nothing to say. Uh, sounds pretty lame, no? Uh, sounds like Church? Turn to John, Chapter 7, verse . . . . Only I think our hymns are nicer and more unifying. Let us pray. Reverend Liam?

Third, we wander the streets with Ipods glued to our ears. Ever listen to the world around you? Constant pinging in the office? Whining voices? Elevator muzak? Traffic? What, other than the sound of our loved ones or the sound of a slow moving stream in August could be better than music? Plug me in!

Forth, we are nerds--like trekkies, we wear the garb of make believe characters and go to conventions where we split our fingers in greeting and discuss whether the original series or Next Generation is best. Yeah, there's a bad thing right there: commonality, mutual interest, conversation, debate, discussion, information. Friends are bad because they make us smile. Good morning, all!

Fifth: yea and verily, what a sad bunch of little monkeys we be. We have no lives. We are the hollow men. All we ever did (do) is drive all over the place, meeting new friends and old, dancing circles 'round the sun, eating, drinking, and being merry, enjoying that very thing we do not allegedly have. The Grateful Dead were a catalyst for a larger experience, one greater than ourselves. Dance!

Man, I tell you, this whole Grateful Dead internet thing is so sad it makes me want to smile on a cloudy day. :)

This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2007-07-18 13:29:10

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 18, 2007 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

If I didn't know better, I would assume you're nothing more than a little shit-stirrer.

But that would be selling you short. You're a huge shit-stirrer.

In spite of that, you do make some interesting and valid points. The analogy of Tekkies is pretty accurate, although I never thought of us that way. And of course, there's the mind meld video with Mickey as Spock and Jerry as . . . was he wearing the Santa suit in that thing? And you gotta know that he felt just oh-so dignified with that little white puff ball dangling off the side of his head.

As far as headjob's tirade, though, fuck him. Could have been a female, I guess-I just don't remember if there was any gender-specific pissing and moaning. Probably a dude.

Get a life? I only wish there were some room available in the life I do have. Between getting up at 5 o'clock every morning to go to work, then two afternoons a week teachin college students how to talk real good, not to mention the time put in to prepare lectures, plus two nights a week moonlighting as a janitor, I can barely squeeze in summertime travel with the family-last weekend in St. Charles, Missouri; weekend after next it will be waterslides at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana (what did that guy do to warrant two mentions in the same post?), followed by a visit to Mom's family in Arkansas-let alone pulling together a landscaping job at the house that actually won us the town's Project Pride award for the month of July, it has become a distinct challenge to figure out when I can watch the Cardinals lose.

Oh yeah, I do this thing, too.

If he's got nothing better to do than to pitch a fit condemning Dead Heads, than it's pretty obvious he's the one who needs to get a life.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Shit stirrer?

I don't think so--at least I hope not. My point is that those folks who congregate due to a shared passion are indeed fortunate--they have a passion, and they have people to share it with. After all, I tend to post as much as anyone else and more than most. I doubt that there is anyone here who takes himself too seriously--save that headdead character, and he is a buzzing fly that has flown on.

My post was meant to applaud what we do here, not to mock it.

I'll let you know when I'm ready to stir some shit. :)

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 18, 2007 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Only kidding around, ghost. I think it was you that said something to me several days ago about a need for thick skin here, and I know yours is just as thick as headcase's skull. I would liken him more to a pigeon than a buzzing fly, though, splattering an ugly mess then flapping off to contaminate something else.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

You freaking nerd!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 18, 2007 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Now that's more like it.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Film at eleven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ish1f7P4A_M

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Well, if that's the case, all I can say is "Beam Me Up, Jerry."

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Poster: abilene22 Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

When have our GD "trekkie" convention like headdead suggested I'm gonna come dressed as Kieth or Brent. About time all those years of piano lessons as a kid paid off...

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

You know who I'm gonna be. And my hands will most definitely not be in my pockets!

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Poster: esreveRDelay Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

That is fucking hilarious, but true. geekofpig!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

The Nerds shall inherit the Earth.

--GOP, ebook of LMA DEAD, post 2381, unstated inference

If only I could truly believe it was so.

Of course, as Prophet Jerry said, "would you really want us to be running things?"

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Poster: dopeman Date: Jul 18, 2007 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

original series pwns all.. ;p

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

You are SOOO F'N RIGHT ON!!!

My reply post to headdead was bascially why was the pot calling us kettles black? My wife says that there was a time when I said the "I hated the GD & Deadheads", when I remember it as "I didn't get it". She "likes" the GD & went to many shows & had a great time, but she doesn't "get it" like most of us do. But, then one night with some sort of greenish plant material & LIVE DEAD, late-night & candles---I GOT IT!!! No regrets or apologies that I'll make to anyone for my posting here or for how many hours I've "wasted" listening to the GD.

Peace & love people, peace & LOVE!!

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Poster: ducats Date: Jul 18, 2007 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Bobby came up with the "misfits playing for misfits" - but I guess getting it wrong keeps you in the fray!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

I hate you, nerd.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Seems as if you have issued a wake-up call to the Forum this AM. Nerds? Geeks? Wombats? Dorks? I have long held that a Dead show held more in common with a Star Trek convention that most of us would care to admit, as you so eloquently pointed out. And this is even more true today than ever. Take, for example, DSO. Like a travelling Star Trek tribute, the attire themselves in the garb of their heroes and spend the evening reciting specific episodes word for word, much to the delight of the attending fan club members. And what of those gatherings where an original cast member is in attendance? Those are guaranteed to have the biggest turnout, with the assembled hoping to grasp just one more whiff of what the show used to be like, and maybe to even catch one of their favorite scenes, peformed with fresh energy that wasn't present when the show was in it's final seasons, it's star heading towards unemployment and certain syndication. Not to say this is a bad thing; not at all. Anything which gives one pleasure without taking away from someone else's can only be a good thing. But we need to recognize that dark corner of ourselves that GOP has trained a bright spotlight on today. Arise, dorks. Shed your facade of "coolness" and "social acceptance" and reveal your true selves to the world. Be not afraid, for there is a dork in all of us and we may be surprised at how many "new" dorks may come over to our side.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-07-18 14:37:52

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

(I posted this one before, but it's still relevant to this now. I propose we change "nerds" to "gnomes." Here's why:)

Do you know that my loving, patient, beautiful wife refers to me and the rest of us here on the LMA as the "Grateful Dead Gnomes"?

Whenever I tell her i'm posting here she says "Tell the gnomes I said "hi"....then she goes into this high-pitched elf-like mocking voice and skips around going "Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, Grateful Deeeeeeeaaaaaaaad!!!!"

All in good fun. Fact is, I drove her over the edge w/the Dead and ruined it for her. When we first started dating we did the whole "what do you like to listen to" thing and I sheepishly admitted I was a DeadHead, and she said
"Oh, I really don't know them, but I do like that Touch of Grey song....and I said 'well, I could make you a tape" (very "High Fidelity" of me) and when she said "sure" I went out and made the best girlfriend-friendly newbie Dead tape in human history...lots of stuff from "Reckoning", and since I knew she liked jazz, the "Eyes" from Without a Net featuring Branford on sax...which she LOVED. The tape was a success, and therein lied the planted seeds of my own mistake...it didn't actually start til several years later when we'd been married for 2 years and I discovered--THIS.

The acrhive. The mecca. I mean, I played the Dead more around her after she green lighted the tape--but not like this. All of a sudden, virtually the entire live catalogue was lying at my feet. Replacing old hissy tapes w/SBD quality shows....discovering new shows I didn't know even existed...you know, you know....

Suddenly, every disc played in the car together was another Dead show. ANOTHER version of Eyes, ANOTHER version of Scarlet-Fire. Slowly, but inevitably, she started to go stark raving mad.

Then came the cutting remarks: Shut up, Donna! Jeezus, that woman is so off-key it's insane!!! This isn;'t that dumb "Wheel" song again, is it? (imitation of Jerry wheezing thru a blown lyric...ehhhhhhhh....)...I know it makes her sound cruel (I once turned to her and just said "Mean lady in my car!") but she truly is the most caring, patient, beautiful woman on Earth and I drove her to this state with pure over-abuse of the music.

To be fair, she does understand the factor that this uncovering of literally thousands of Dead shows is akin to finding buried treasure after years of wandering the land as a pauper, but it doesn't make it any easier for her.

And she doesn't have any "rules" about me playing the music. As long as I can put up w/the gnome jokes, she's OK with it.

And the best is when I get her to admit that she's heard something good. i.e.--a few weeks ago I was playing the "Ramble on Rose" from 11-30-80, and when it was done she said "Hmm. Jerry really belted that out good."

I said not a word...Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!

Peace, Gnomes!

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Poster: bushleaguer Date: Jul 18, 2007 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

I would think people and my wife would be more important than this but hey thats just me.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 18, 2007 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Nerd.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 18, 2007 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nerds, I say, nerds. . . .

Hey this is way cool. While I expected to wake up this morning with a hangover I instead woke up with pointed ears and splayed fingers. While being a bit shocked at first, I went through my day noticing that I was only mildly surprised when my transporter failed and I realized my phaser was only set to stun as I played air guitar on Sugaree to the delight of my fellow traffic bound transporterless friends. Anyway finally getting home and beginning to wonder why my life had taken on the dementions of a 60's TV show I have luckily come to this post where it has all become clear once again. Thank You Internet-Wan-Archives you were my only hope.